2000 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Substance Abuse Service Plan (language only)

Item 323 #5c

Item 323 #5c

Health And Human Resources
Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, Department of

Page 253, after line 28, insert:
"J.  The Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services (DMHMRSAS) and the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS), in cooperation with the Community Services Boards, shall select the specific substance abuse services that shall be available statewide to children and adults.
K.  Prior to implementation of Medicaid coverage of substance abuse treatment services, DMHMRSAS and DMAS shall design a process for evaluating the costs and benefits, including cost offsets in other programs, of reimbursement by Medicaid and the Commonwealth's Children's Medical Security Insurance Plan of substance abuse treatment services on an annual basis.  The Departments shall report the results of this evaluation by November 1, 2000, to the Governor and the General Assembly."

(This amendment requires a plan for Medicaid coverage of substance abuse services. Funding to start this coverage in the second year is provided in a companion amendment in Item 319.)